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Looking to pick up a tray platform bike rack very soon. Narrowed down to Yakima Hold-up and Thule T2 based on their ability to hold many types of frames and what I read here. From what I read, both of these weigh over 40-50 pounds. Not looking forward to installing and removing each time I ride. Does anyone leave either one on the cars even when not transporting bikes? If yes, how's it holding up against rusting?

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there has been some talk about rusting of the t2. and a really long thread about it....search for larry fahn.
i think you can keep these racks on your car in the summer months without worrying about it rusting. i just don't see it as a problem.
if i had to say one way or the other, i would say the t2 is more prone than the holdup. it's just the construction of the holdup that makes me say that....less exposed metal i suppose
 

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Thanks C&R

I'm leaning towards the Yakima as well, especially seeing that it's almost $60 cheaper than the lowest price of T2. Dealer is reputable too. The Kuat NV looks pretty sweet, but can't justify spending additional $155. Considered Sherpa, but need the 2-bike add on.
 

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This is great to know. Put an order in for the Holdup. Can't wait to spend more time on the trails and less time getting the bike in the SUV (have to remove 2 baby car seats).
 

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The Swagman would probably rust if left on the car all the time. But it is light and I take mine off after each ride.
 

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i've had my T2 for 2 months and have left it on the back of my accord for the majority of the summer here in NYC. I have sprayed it down with Rust Oleum, but i do see a little bit of rust on 1 of the bolts.

the thing is Fing heavy so i dont bother taking it off much and moving it over 100 feet to my garage. The weight hanging off the rear of the car causes my rear springs to sag a good amt, i don't like this.

the bikes are pretty stable on the rack though. i've carried over $6000 valued of bikes on my T2 & accord for over 4 hours and it was fine.
 

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sgtjim57 said:
http://www.1upusa.com/1upusarackhome.htm

Found this yesterday online. I am very interested and would love to hear some reviews from folks that have one. I only carry one bike so no need for the multiple bike carrier. What do you think?
There is a lengthy discussion a few posts down from this one about the 1up rack. For a single bike, it is definitely the best rack available. No rust, stupid light, expandable if you need it to be. Very secure attachment to the vehicle and to the bike itself.

For the OP, the 1up rack on my car lives there year round in western Washington state. No problems here.
 
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